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Writer of the Month

April's Writer

April's Writer

Writer of the Month

Writer of the Month

Agent Name

Hello Sunny!

Real Name

Brandon

Agent Name

Hello Sunny!

Real Name

Brandon

Brandon

Brandon

What is your favorite book and who is your favorite author?

My favorite book is The Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket is my favorite author.

¿Cuál es tu libro favorito? ¿Y quién es tu autor favorito?

Mi libro favorito es “ Una Serie de Eventos Desafortunados”. Mi autor favorito es Lemony Snicket.

¿Cuál es tu recuerdo favorito de 826CHI?

Conocer a Andrew, uno de los tutores a 826CHI. Me gusta pasar tiempo con él porque es simpático. Cuando escribo, él lo hace mas chistoso, además de que hace bromas.  

What is your favorite memory of 826CHI?

Meeting Andrew, a tutor here. I like hanging out with Andrew because he’s funny. When I write, he makes it funnier and he makes jokes about it too.

¿Tienes algún hobbie o talento especial?

Me gusta jugar basquetbol y andar en bicicleta. Me gusta cuando tiras a la canasta, puedes o no, atinarle.

Do you have any special hobbies or talents?

Basketball and biking. I like how when you shoot, you might make it, or not make it.

¿Qué te gustaría que el mundo supiera acerca de ti?

Mi información personal… solo bromeo

Puede que sea gracioso, o a la mejor no. Puede que sea divertido o no. Espero que lo que escriba sea gracioso y divertido.

What do you want the world to know about you?

Personal information… Just kidding.

I might be funny, maybe not funny. Maybe fun, maybe not fun. I hope the writing that I do could be funny or fun too.

¿Qué es lo que más te gusta de escribir?

Que puedes ser creativo y cuando se es creativo, se pueden crear fantasías y algo divertido

What is your favorite thing about writing?

You get to be creative and when you get creative, you create some fantasy or something funny.

Pienso que tu historia acerca del tu dia con el fantasma de Abraham Lincoln es muy divertida. Me gusta la parte donde te quedas atorado en el cemento porque el fantasma te dijo que trataras de correr a través del cemento fresco. ¿Cómo se te ocurrió?  

Porque donde vivo estan construyendo un edificio nuevo y habia un monton de cemento en el piso y pise una pequeña parte y cuando llegue a mi casa, mi zapato estaba embarrado. Pense que seria simpatico en mi historia, además de que

I think your story about your day with the ghost of Abraham Lincoln is so funny. I like the part where you get stuck in the cement because the ghost told you to try to run across wet cement. How did you come up with that?

Because where I live, they’re building a new building and there was a bunch of cement on the floor and I stepped on it for a little bit, and when I got home it was stuck on my shoe. I just thought I’d put something funny in my story. I just thought I’d put something that happened to me into the story.

En la misma historia, me gusta que el fantasma de Abraham Lincoln está solo en tu cabeza. ¿Cómo se te ocurrió? ¿Sería diferente si alguien lo pudiera ver?

Se sorprenderían y suspirarían. Sería sorprendente que el siguiera vivo pero no vivo.

El apareció en medio de la nada y quiso hablar conmigo acerca de algo pero el no tenia tiempo. El quería diseñar ropa, así que fue y compró un poco.  

In the same story, I like that the ghost of Abraham Lincoln is just inside your head. How did you come up with this? How would it be different if everyone could see him?

They would be surprised and they would gasp. They would be amazed that he was still alive but not alive.

He just popped up out of the middle of nowhere and he wanted to talk to me about something but he didn’t have time. He wanted designer clothes so we went and bought him some.

Our work together

Our 826 Day event on the roof of Ace Hotel Chicago was a beautiful celebration of our community from our donors to our students and everyone in between (pictured above is 826CHI supporter TASHA’s performance). Our book P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust  was available in the hotel’s suites, Ace Hotel Chicago has hosted our annual love-themed print show featuring work by local artists inspired by our students writing on love, and their Senior Sales Manager, Tenasha Wilcoxon, spoke to our students in After-School Tutoring & Writing’s Speakers & Snacks series about what it’s like to work at a hotel.

Our Work Together

The partnership between East Village Youth Program and 826CHI is a yearly collaboration to help students achieve their goal of being accepted into their college of choice and for many to be the first in their family to attend college. This fall, 826CHI staff and 12 volunteers worked with 13 high school seniors on their personal statements for college applications. The partnership continues in the Spring when 826CHI and volunteers will return to EVYP to support students as they apply for scholarships.  

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